Original first series 1955 Chevrolet Good Humor Ice Cream Truck Original factory roofless and doorless cab Original “Dole” coldplate freezer Original chevy inline six engine Original “three on the tree” standard transmission Original wheels and hubcaps.
This real ice cream truck is one of just a few known original 1950’s Chevy Good Humor Trucks left running and the only one on the west coast that we know of. This truck runs and drives very well for its age, the bells jingle and chime like the old days, the engine purrs like a kitten, truck rides a little rough from the bias ply tires but that how they did it back in the day. it shifts thru all the gears with ease, these trucks came from the factory with no doors and no roof to make the Good Humor Mans job easier to get in and out of to deliver your treats, its a true piece of history, everytime I drive it I get stopped by someone who remembers these when they were a kid and buying ice creams from these style trucks
The original “Dole” cold plate freezer is all complete but not working, from what I can tell the compressor seems to be frozen, otherwise its all there under the seat where they originally put all the freezer equipment & controls. The truck appears to possibly have the original paint and chrome trim, the trim is bubbling here and there, the paint has surface rust but none of the rust appears to be going all the way thru the metal, so its very restorable if thats what you wanted to do with it. The original fuel tank was rotten from sitting with fuel in it, so it has no original fuel tank, I have incorporated a fuel cell to make the truck operational but to my knowledge the fuel tank and the good humor porcelain sign is the only thing keeping this truck from being 100% complete
Currently the truck is dressed up as one of the most infamous ice cream trucks of them all, looks just like the truck from the movie “Nice Dreams”
starring Cheech and Chong, its complete with the “Happy Herbs” graphics and the custom handmade bobbing clown head smokin a joint. the original truck from this movie does not exist and this is as close as it gets. If the cheech and chong movie prop look was removed from this truck you would have a very sought after original 1950’s movie prop for hollywood movies, rent it out for movie calls, its one of kind
GOOD HUMOR TRUCK HISTORY
Since 1920, the Good Humor® family of products has captured the hearts of American consumers with unique treats reminiscent of the good things in life. The first to "put a stick in ice cream," Good Humor® is synonymous with family fun. In 1920, Harry Burt, a Youngstown, Ohio candy maker, created a special treat called the Jolly Boy Sucker, a lollypop on a stick. That same year, while working in his ice cream parlor, Burt created a smooth chocolate coating that was compatible with ice cream.
It tasted great, but the new combination was too messy to eat. As a solution, Burt’s son, Harry Jr., suggested freezing the wooden sticks, used for Jolly Boy Suckers, into the ice cream. It worked! The First Ice Cream On A Stick Good HumorBurt called his creation the Good Humor® bar, capitalizing on the then widely held belief that a person’s "humor," or temperament was related to the humor of the palate (sense of taste). Convinced that he had something big on his hands, he filed for a patent at 3 a.m. on January 30.
The patent officials didn't share his sense of urgency. It took three years and a personal trip to Washington, D.C., with a five-gallon pail of Good Humor® bars before Burt was finally granted exclusive rights to "ice cream on a stick." To market his new product, Burt sent out a fleet of 12 chauffeur-driven trucks, all with bells. The Good Humor® bar was an immediate success in Youngstown. Customers liked that the ice cream was on a stick, and the Good Humor® men in their white uniforms promoted a clean, wholesome, and trustworthy image. The Road To Becoming An American Icon Good HumorBetween 1921 and 1925 the availability of the Good Humor® bar grew.
Then, in 1926 after the death of her husband, Cora Burt took the company public with franchises costing just $100. During the next few years as Good Humor® expanded into other parts of the Midwest, the Good Humor® Corporation of America was formed. It acquired the patents and consolidated the operations of some of the franchised companies. In 1930, a New York businessman and investor by the name of M.J. Meehan acquired the national rights to the company by buying 75 percent of the shares. The Meehan family owned the company until 1961 when it was sold to Unilever’s U.S. subsidiary, the Thomas J. Lipton Company. Unilever’s Lipton Foods unit continued to manufacture and market Good Humor® products for the next 12 years. In 1976, when the company's direct-selling business was disbanded in favor of grocery stores and free-standing freezer cabinets, the trucks were parked for the last time. Some of the trucks were purchased by ice cream distributors while others were sold to private individuals. In 1989, Unilever purchased Gold Bond Ice Cream, located in Green Bay, Wis., and grouped its U.S. ice cream and frozen novelty businesses under the name Gold Bond-Good Humor Ice Cream.
With its acquisition of Breyers® Ice Cream in 1993, the company name was changed to Good Humor-Breyers® Ice Cream
This ice cream truck is being sold as/is. I would consider a trade or trades, so let me know what you've got. Truck is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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